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Daydream Dwellings painting series by Maggie Carberry

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By Matt McKee in New Art on Wednesday 29 February 2012

Maggie Carberry’s paintings draw me in every time I see them out during an arts event in Boston or Jamaica Plain. Her Daydream Dwellings, with their vaguely cubistic leanings, always catch my eye.

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New World Jazz Composers Octet

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By Matt McKee in New Music on Tuesday 28 February 2012

Jazz lovers should definitely check into the New World Jazz Composers Octet. They just released their third CD, Breaking News. It’s fun, funky, a little dreamily retro at times, but to me, it is instantly accessible and great for putting on in the studio during portrait sessions. It gets the subjects bopping along and in […]

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The Little People Project by Slinkachu

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By Matt McKee in New Art on Tuesday 28 February 2012

I ran across Slinkachu’s work a couple of years ago. He never seems to run out of fresh material for his tiny satirical street portraits. His book cover for Dimitri Verhulst’s book The Misfortunates is a great example. Even more interesting: when he completes the project, he abandons the set and lets the little folk fend for themselves. File this under: wish I had thought of that.

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Story X: draw a photographic story

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By Matt McKee in New Trends on Thursday 23 February 2012

A photograph, like a simple line drawing, can stand or fall all on it’s own. But the telling of a linear story, through multiple still frames, is generally left to the more painterly or linear arts, with the possible exception of movies, which really are in a different class all together. This project was put […]

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Awesome monochromatic oil pieces by Shelly Reed

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By Matt McKee in New Art on Thursday 23 February 2012

I happened to walk past my neighbor’s studio the other day, when she had her doors open and caught a glimpse of her massive, and beautiful, monochromatic oil pieces. They are truly impressive in person, measuring five or six feet high. I found myself entranced by the works, finding new parts to explore and gaze at.

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